Oklahoma sportsmen, spring is the best time of the year.
spring means warmer weather and a great time to get outdoors
advantage of Oklahoma's excellent fishing opportunities. Crappie
one of the most popular fishing opportunities available and the
soon be heating up across the Sooner State.
"It won’t be
too much longer and the crappie will begin moving into
water. The next few weeks are going to be some of the best times
to go crappie
fishing," said Paul Mauck, south central fisheries
for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Mauck, crappie can be found moving into shallow water to
the water temperature reaches the upper 50s. Crappie spawning generally
takes place in water only 18 to 36 inches deep.
place to catch crappie prior to and during the spawn is around
shallow water. The upper areas of the reservoirs that have
some brush or
other cover are usually the most productive spots,” Mauck
“Gradually sloping rip rap along dams is another good place to fish,
might try a little deeper water to find fish that are
move into shallow water soon." He added that a wide variety of lures can
be used, including small spinners,
jigs and minnows.
"A jig and a
free-floating cork is a pretty good method of finding
can bounce that jig along and won’t get hung as much," Mauck said.
There is an
abundance of places to catch a stringer full of crappie. Here
are a few
spots to try on your next fishing trip.
near Ponca City, is known for fast crappie action all year long.
catching good numbers of crappie along the rip rap near the
Kaw City and
Washunga bridges,” said Tracy Daniel, Oklahoma game warden
timber near Beaver Creek is also a good place to catch a crappie
in south-central Oklahoma offers anglers the first shot at
crappie – the fish spawn earlier in the warmer waters of southern
Brush-filled coves along the north shore are excellent places to
Lake, near Atoka, is worth the drive for the scenic beauty
pine-covered mountains are a bonus to the good numbers of
call the lake home. Anglers can find shallow water with
structure in the north end of the lake.
near Checotah, earned its nickname – the Gentle Giant. The
lake has many
sprawling coves along more than 600 miles of shoreline.
with full exposure to the sun are good places to wet a line.
complete list of regulations, anglers should pick up a copy of the
Oklahoma Fishing Guide” before heading out on any fishing adventure
or log on to
the Departments Web site at